• Short Summary

    A look at life in vast region of Turkestan and how life there is changing thanks to Soviets.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "In the Heart of Asia".

    Anthropological look at the vast region of Turkestan (Soviet Union, USSR).

    Various L/Ss of vast pine forests and wide rapid flowing rivers. M/S of two men, each carrying babies, riding horses. They are indigenous people - Tubin nomads. Various shots of men and boys riding buffalo and horse while driving cattle and sheep over plains.

    Various shots of group of men in front of hut - they are beating a pile of sheep's wool with sticks. Various shots of women plucking beaten wool to "gossamer fineness". The sheet of wool is then rolled around a pole. The roll is attached by rope to an ox for transportation to market.

    Various shots of young boy pummelling grain with large pestle and mortar. A man then sifts the grain. A woman then mixes the grain with goats milk and cooks on open fire. Various shots of Tubin family eating around fire.

    M/S of woman using modern sewing machine. M/S of Tubin man reading newspaper. Various shots of girl using cream separation machine. Various shots of Tubin adults learning to read books in Cyrillic. The narrator explains the modern world has come to Turkestan thanks to Soviet intervention.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:27:25:00 / 01:29:44:00
    PT 359

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